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Gas Plant Operators

Also called: Gas Controller, Gas Dispatcher, Gas Plant Operator, Plant Operator

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Fuels; Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Launching and Recovery Equipment; Bulk Fuel Specialist; Cryogenics Equipment Operator

What they do:
Distribute or process gas for utility companies and others by controlling compressors to maintain specified pressures on main pipelines.
On the job, you would:
  • Monitor transportation and storage of flammable and other potentially dangerous products to ensure that safety guidelines are followed.
  • Monitor equipment functioning, observe temperature, level, and flow gauges, and perform regular unit checks to ensure that all equipment is operating as it should.
  • Control operation of compressors, scrubbers, evaporators, and refrigeration equipment to liquefy, compress, or regasify natural gas.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • computers and electronics
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
  • customer service


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • see hidden patterns
  • communicate by writing
  • read and understand what is written
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Independence
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Operating log software
  • Quorum PGAS
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
per year, on average
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